an you imagine what it would be like if we got to September and Mother Nature said, “No, you’re OK, I’ll keep going for a bit longer this year.” I think we call that an Indian Summer, don’t we? And how we love them! So that would be OK. Nice long sunny evenings still. Great. Carry on into October!
What about if she said in November, “Still fine. Think I’ll keep the leaves on the trees for a while yet. Just not tired?” I guess that would be OK. I don’t much like the cold – although I do love the changing colours of the leaves.
If in December she says, “I’m OK. I think I can hang on a bit longer.” Christmas with warm weather (we did get that a little last year, didn’t we?) and leaves still green on the trees.
January, February, March she says, “Sorry I just can’t do this any more! I’ve got to rest.” Whoa! Hold on a minute! Rest now? But what about Spring? “No. Got to sleep. I’m too tired. I thought I could keep going but I can’t. I need a nap.” And with that, the leaves promptly start changing colour, the weather gets colder and Easter is spent with bare trees and snow.
We’d be completely off balance. As would the animals and insects, the flowers and the trees. We depend on Her regularity, Her rhythms. She rests, She reawakens, She reproduces, She grows, She winds down and so it continues. Without this rhythm, the insects couldn’t pollinate, the crops wouldn’t grow and we’d starve. We depend on this rhythm.
You know where I’m going with this, don’t you?
Our rhythms are not annual, necessarily, but we have them just the same. If we do not rest when we need to, our rhythms get out of synch. We cannot thrive, we cannot grow and those who depend on us suffer.
We need our rest, our sleep, our “down time” and our relaxation time. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity.
So when you have done your work, however long the day is, give yourself permission to relax, to rest and ultimately to sleep. Don’t let work litter your mind.
When your body says “I need to stop,” do as it asks. Be mindful that if you push it too far, it will eventually stop by itself and that could be most inconvenient!
When you’re brain says “I’m full,” take a break. Seek a change of scene even if only for a few minutes.
Then, when you have rested, you will be able to come back ready to bloom again, ready to grow and to thrive. Just like Spring! You can have your own personal Spring experience every morning! How beautiful would that feel?
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